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Robert Zammarchi

Our fall music preview includes nearly 100 concerts, ranging from local up-and-comers to national touring acts and venues as tiny as Dragonfly Lounge to as gigantic as the Kohl Center. On the Madison music scene, there's room for everyone. more

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Mindy Tucker

Over the course of a nearly 30-year career, Todd Barry has risen in the ranks to join the New York comedy elite. But of course he didn’t start there. We asked Barry to reflect on his story, from country club maintenance to indie rock drumming. more


Appleton. Chicago. Eau Claire. Madison. Milwaukee. Spring Green. The days when Summerfest was the only game in town are long gone. more

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Fresh off the release of his third full-length album, George Lewis Jr. (aka Twin Shadow) is ready to take flight with a major-label deal and decidedly soul-pop sound. He spoke with Isthmus in advance of a April 14 concert at the Majestic Theatre. more



Brantley Gutierrez

Alabama Shakes used small-town inspiration to leap to big-league stages, and now the quartet is using that momentum to evolve its sound. The Grammy-nominated roots-rock group from Athens, Ala., is set to release its second album on April 21. more


Just as music lovers emerge from hibernation, so do their favorite acts. There's no better time than spring to catch buzzed-about artists before they hit it big or to enjoy a beloved band testing out new material. more



Jason Ray

Simon Balto's music features austerely beautiful guitar work and vocals, but it is grounded in narrative. "I'm very much a lyrically driven writer," he says. more

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